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Thursday 6th April 2017

Future Forests and Climate Change

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This week's launch of a pioneering new forest research facility at the University of Birmingham marks the beginning of a unique experiment to reveal how our forests are likely to react to the elevated carbon dioxide levels expected by 2050, and the potential of forest ecosystems to store carbon and thus mitigate future climate change.
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Thursday 6th April 2017
Thursday 2nd March 2017

Poor air quality: a scientific, health and policy issue

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Public interest in air pollution has fluctuated greatly in recent years, but is now at a high level with frequent reports in the press. While real progress has been made in reducing concentrations of some air quality pollutants, others remain at unacceptably high levels. An episode of very poor air quality in the second half of January stimulated a great deal of media interest, despite the fact that similar episodes have occurred many times in the past.
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Thursday 2nd March 2017
Thursday 23rd February 2017

The appliance of science and the taming of artistic licence

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To what extent can we use works of landscape art as proxy data for what the environment was actually like at the time of painting? Artists like Monet and John Constable can be trusted if care is taken to understand what the artist was trying to achieve. Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows was first exhibited in 1831 at the Royal Academy by John Constable.
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Thursday 23rd February 2017
Thursday 13th October 2016

Going with the flow; adaptation and resilience in flood risk management

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Last winter widespread flooding led to 17,000 properties being damaged - with an estimated £1.3 billion worth of damage caused. With summer over and autumnal weather beginning to make itself felt, thoughts of flooding are back at the forefront of the national agenda.
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Thursday 13th October 2016
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